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Prolific Peal Ringers

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For three centuries, the peal has been the “gold standard” ringing performance and ringing peals has ranked high among the aspirations of leading ringers. The records of peals are more complete than for any other ringing, making them an important indicator of ringing activity.

Peal ringing grew erratically during the 18th and early 19th centuries and then grew much more strongly from the 1870s, rising more or less continually to the current level of around 5,000 peals per year (apart from wartime dips). The first person to ring 1,000 peals did so in 1905, since when increasing numbers of ringers have done so, with some going on to ring 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and even 7,000.

Bill Butler was a consultant to the Biographies Committee, and researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals. His articles have been published progressively in The Ringing World. Those listed below have already been published – more will follow.

This page shows the list ordered according to each ringer's total number of peals.

1000th date
Peal Total
ForenamesSurnamePeal TotalBiographyProlific Peal ringers
Brian Geoffrey Warwick3428 Biog PPR
J MartinThorley2958 PPR
George Ernest Fearn2667 Biog PPR
Jack Leonard Millhouse2258 Biog PPR
Thomas Joseph Lock2223 Biog PPR
ErnestMorris2085 Biog PPR
Cyril KennethLewis2025 Biog PPR
William Pye1969 Biog PPR
Arthur PatrickCannon1622 Biog PPR
FrankBennett1600 Biog PPR
Joseph William Cotton1554 Biog PPR
Frank Nolan Golden1518 Biog PPR
George Williams1508 Biog PPR
Alfred Henry Pulling1492 Biog PPR
Isaac GShade1450 PPR
George Robert Pye1378 Biog PPR
Norman JesseGoodman1360 PPR
EdwardJenkins1353 PPR

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